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Published on July 21st, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on July 21st, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Alteo Alumina announces price increases

Alumina production has suffered over the past months from significant cost increases which cannot be absorbed anymore. In a very tight market environment, Alteo will raise prices on its whole product portfolio.


Heraeus successfully completes takeover of Argor-Heraeus

Heraeus Precious Metals Global Business Unit has finalized the acquisition of the Swiss precious metals processor Argor-Heraeus. Effective July 13, Argor-Heraeus will be entirely owned by Heraeus.


DOE announces $19.4M for advanced vehicle technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy announced $19.4 million for 22 new cost-shared projects to accelerate the research of advanced battery, lightweight materials, engine technologies, and energy efficient mobility systems. 


Southern Research taps Mark Patterson for aerospace business development role

Mark Patterson, an engineer and innovator with broad experience across a sweeping range of technology disciplines, has joined Southern Research’s Engineering Division to lead business development efforts focusing on the aerospace industry.


Advanced ceramics market to grow in electronics, automotive, machinery industries

The global advanced ceramics market was valued at $56 billion in 2015. The rising demand for electronic devices, notably in the emerging regions such as Asia Pacific, is expected to drive the growth of this industry over the forecast period.


Base Resources forecasts lower ilmenite output from Kenya in 2017–2018

Australia’s Base Resources expects its ilmenite output in Kenya to fall by 8–14% this financial year, but does not foresee disruption in the run-up to next month’s national election, it said on Thursday.


Gulf Cooperation signs agreement with American Concrete Institute

Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization recently entered into an agreement with the American Concrete Institute to cooperate towards a better understanding and use of concrete and cementitious materials in civil infrastructure.


Global flat glass market to grow 6% by 2021

Market analysts predict that the global flat glass market will increase at a CAGR of 6.17% between 2017 and 2021. Researchers partly credited the growth to the international rise in development of skyscrapers, as well as increased number of airport construction projects.


Stephen Delo retires from HarbisonWalker International

Stephen Delo will retire as chairman and CEO of HarbisonWalker International effective June 30, 2017. The HWI board of directors elected Carol R. Jackson to be HWI’s next chairman and CEO, effective July 1, 2017.


Saint-Gobain adds new float line in Mexico

Saint-Gobain will open a new float production line in Saltillo, Mexico. The new plant will supply Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and North America with glass for automotive and construction markets. The new operation is scheduled to become active in early 2020.


Electric car maker scraps plans for $1 billion Nevada plant

An electric car maker said Monday it is deserting its plan to construct a $1 billion manufacturing plant in southern Nevada eight months after suspending the project and sinking at least $120 million into it.


DOE announces $46.2M for 48 projects to advance solar power technologies

The Department of Energy announced $46.2 million for 48 projects as part of its SunShot Initiative. These projects are intended to develop innovative, early-stage solar power technologies, which are aimed at lowering costs and improving reliability and efficiency.


Hyperloop startup moves closer to near-supersonic rail

U.S. startup Hyperloop One recently announced the first successful full-systems test of its near-supersonic rail transit system. The test involved a vehicle coasting above tracks for slightly more than five seconds using magnetic levitation, according to the startup.


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